Does Demonstrated Interest Increase Your Chances of College Admission?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/23/19 7:49 AM / by Empowerly Team

Demonstrated interest is when a student engages with a college to signal the student is serious about attending the college. Colleges care because students who show high levels of demonstrated interest are more likely to attend the college if accepted.

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How to Overcome College Rejection

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/19 5:08 PM / by Empowerly Team

 

1. Gain Some Perspective

The college admission process is a tough, grueling and competitive process. If you’ve been working your entire childhood and teenage years towards the lofty goal of attending Stanford or purchasing a Harvard sweatshirt, it can definitely feel soul crushing when you get rejected from your dream school(s). It’s important to arm yourself with stats - admissions rates, median scores and percentiles, etc - as well as some realistic inspiration.

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Empowerly's CEO addresses the latest college admissions scandal

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/19 7:45 AM / by Hanmei Wu

 

As I'm sure many of you have seen on the news, the shocking behavior of a group of parents and college coaches has rocked the world of college admissions. Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as many other wealthy parents, have been accused of paying to falsify standardized test scores and college athlete profiles to get their children accepted to top universities. While several justice systems are currently working to appropriately indict these criminals, this is a heinous breach of trust for students everywhere who believe the college admissions process is fair and honest.

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College Choice: Going to the Right College For You

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/19 11:19 AM / by Heather Gupton

College admissions has recently been all over the news because of a terrible scandal that involved dozens of wealthy families illegally bolstering their children's applications to get them accepted into top universities.

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College Admission Trends in 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/19 8:24 AM / by Julia de Raadt

As we begin to wind up the 2018-19 college admission cycle and our seniors anxiously await their college application outcomes, we have begun to think ahead to the next cycle of college admissions. Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) produces an insightful report on the State of College Admission.

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So, You Got Into College... Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/21/19 11:03 AM / by Heather Gupton

Getting into college is a really amazing feeling. You've spent so much time on your essays and checked over your application with so much care, that when you finally get that acceptance it all feels worth it. But so many students focus solely on the “getting into college” part, and tend to forget about the “going to college” part.

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5 Facts You Need to Know for College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/14/18 10:29 AM / by Empowerly Team

The advent of College Confidential, the rise in applications to US colleges, and  the Tiger Mom phenomenon have all lead to general hysteria around college admissions. Having helped thousands of students in workshops and one-on-one, here are the top 5 facts you have to know.

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/11/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Each college application is a potential opportunity for your educational future. It’s tempting to apply to a large number of schools to give yourself plenty of options, but as college application costs continue to rise, how many applications is too many?

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How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an important part of admissions, but which parts of the extracurricular story are actually important and how do you determine that? Here at Empowerly, we have spent the past 6 years understanding what colleges care about and helping thousands of students through the college admissions process. In this article, we use our data sorting tool to help you determine how important extracurricular activities are.

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How Do Splitter Candidates Work in the College Admissions Process?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/26/18 7:56 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

Splitter candidates are those that either have a high GPA and low SAT/ACT or vice versa. Often, these types of candidates get left unnoticed or apply to the wrong schools where their strengths are not highlighted.

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Ask Me Anything: Tips From A Stanford University Admissions Officer

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/18 2:43 PM / by Empowerly Team

Our team asked a former Stanford University admissions officer for some helpful college advice for high school students during their college application process. Read below for insider knowledge from a college expert!

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What does Stanford University look for in an applicant?

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Why So Many Students Are Being Waitlisted At UC Schools

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/5/18 10:00 AM / by Andy Wang

In recent years, it seems that many qualified students are being waitlisted by UC schools. A particularly strange aspect of this phenomenon is that the schools that are waitlisting students aren’t the expected ones, such as UC Berkeley and UCLA, but rather schools like UC Davis and UC San Diego. 

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Top 5 Buzzwords In College Admissions 2018: What Do They Really Mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/18 6:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Legacy. Demonstrated interest. Grit. In the process of applying to colleges, you will almost certainly come across one or more of these terms. You might have a sense of the definitions of these words, but, to colleges, they often hold a different or more specific meaning. Keep reading to find out what these words (and others) mean in college admissions!

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Guides: Tips from Deans in College Admissions (What Colleges Are Looking For)

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/3/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Here, Ishan Puri (CEO of Synocate) reviews tips from multiple Deans in College Admissions of top universities across the United States. Find out what it takes to get into the best schools in the nation.

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Senior Strategies: 3 Emails You'll Need to Write When Applying to College

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/24/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

In the colleges admissions, you will inevitably be put in the situation in which sending an email is necessary. What follows here is a list of 3 emails you will likely need to write during this college admissions process and models of how to write them.

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